Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for CBS (NFL overrun), ABC (NASCAR) and NBC (Sunday Night Football) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
On a Sunday when second place was a horserace, first place was not, as the Dallas Cowboys lifted NBC and Sunday Night Football to an easy win with an average 6.2 rating for adults 18-49 in primetime. The Cowboys vs. Eagles delivered a 7.6 adults 18-49 rating from 830-11p, up from the 5.2 rating for the Cardinals vs. Giants on Sunday 10/25/09 in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 5.9/15 from 8:31-11:42p in the Finals.
Perhaps the ladies like watching Tony Romo, because against the Cowboys/Eagles Sunday Night Football game ABC’s women focused line up took a dive. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was down 9% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Desperate Housewives hit a season low 4.3 rating, down 14% from last week. Brothers & Sisters tumbled 12% to a 2.9 rating, also a season low.
Fox’s special Seth MacFarlane night did about as well overall as its last Sunday night without sports (3.1 average ratings vs. a 3.2 on 10/18). However, the 9pm Family Guy’s 4.0 adults 18-49 rating was down sharply from its season average 4.8 rating.
Because of an NFL overrun last night, CBS’ timeslots and numbers are a mess. Although it seems clear that both Three Rivers and Cold Case did dreadfully, only this afternoon’s final numbers will indicate exactly how dreadfully. I think you can check off “It was the football overrun” on your fan excuse bingo cards.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|7:00||CBS||NFL Overrun/60 Minutes||6.0||17||20.967|
|NBC||Football Night In America||2.6||7||7.613|
|ABC||NASCAR: Dickies 500||1.8||5||6.238|
|7:30||NBC||Football Night In America||4.1||11||10.466|
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos||1.9||5||6.784|
|8:00||NBC||Football Night In America||5.6||14||15.091|
|CBS||60 Minutes/Amazing Race||3.6||9||14.658|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2.7||7||9.569|
|8:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Dallas v. Philadelphia||7.9||19||21.560|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||3.3||8||11.317|
|FOX||Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show||3.4||8||6.634|
|9:00||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Dallas v. Philadelphia||7.3||17||20.167|
|CBS||Amazing Race/Three Rivers||2.8||7||9.922|
|9:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Dallas v. Philadelphia||7.8||18||20.582|
|10:00||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Dallas v. Philadelphia||7.3||19||18.316|
|ABC||Brothers & Sisters||3.1||8||9.668|
|CBS||Three Rivers/Cold Case||1.8||5||8.650|
|10:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Dallas v. Philadelphia||7.5||21||18.535|
|ABC||Brothers & Sisters||2.7||7||8.434|
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